Widening the Circle of Concern
The Commission on Institutional Change, chartered in 2017 by the UUA Board of Trustees to “conduct an audit of the power structures and analyze systemic racism and white supremacy culture within the Unitarian Universalist Association,” has published its illuminating report, Widening the Circle of Concern.
The commission was formed to “conduct an audit of the power structures and analyze systemic racism and white supremacy culture within the Unitarian Universalist Association” because, one, “…many of our congregations are in trouble, with dwindling membership, participation, and financial contributions. A factor that contributes to this decline is our inability to address issues of inclusion, equity, and diversity.” And second, there is no possible way for UU members to adhere to the seven (likely soon to be eight) principles without being actively anti-racist, not just “not racist,” and fully welcoming, not just “friendly.” Hopefully, every Unitarian Universalist will devote the time necessary to read the entire report, because it will be essential to not only UU survival, but to creating an actual equitable community, local, national, and global.
Widening the Circle of Concern is copyrighted but there are several different ways you can access it: